- Werkley Cemetery (St. John's
- An Erie County map published in 1886 shows this burial plot on
- farm of "P. and A. Werkly" on the west side of Guideboard
- Unwritten opinion says that Jacob Werkly gave this burial plot
- One of the oldest markers is that of Jacob fries who was
buried in 1851.
- The cemetery is unenclosed. Interments have been made in
- Fresh cut flowers decorate an occasional grave giving evidence
that sentiment still lives.
- The place is so over grown with weeds and bushes that it is
difficult to clearly outline the
- limits of the cemetery.
- A prominent resident of the town of Tonawanda, now
deceased, told your historian that
- when the road was widened several remains were exhumed and
reinterred in a common,
- unmarked graves.
- There is no association to care for the grounds. Lot owners
in a few instances perform
- that duty. But in most cases there are none living who can
recall the departed and the
- markers are crumbling away.
- The town of Tonawanda, or an association formed by the
descendants of the deceased,
- should enclose this burial plot and provide for its upkeep or
the bodies should be removed
- to Elmlawn or other cemeteries. A marker should then be
placed on the spot indicating to
- future generations the place where many pioneers were laid
- Written in the margin:
- The first interment was in 1829.
- Organized as a "association' in 1800.
- Has been in an "abandoned" condition till 1932. the
Tonawanda historical Society took up to work of improvement.
Now * * * , retortion of * and markers, 8 *. Pre - * on * May
27, 1934. F* S. Parkhurst, Pres. Town board approved $200.00
for expenses. * * written in German script in 1850.* in it's
- Two soldiers from the Mexican War - 1846 buried here.
- Burial Plot
- Few people were aware that there was at one time a burial
plot on the
Old Hamilton Cherry Farm, River Road.
- What is now the property of the Buffalo Slag Company was a
part of the original farm.
- Between the railroad track which runs to the the Wickwire
Plant and the large pile of slag
- on the east side of the road, a burial plot containing several
graves was a well know landmark as late as the year 1880.
- In May of each year, two soldiers graves were decorated
with a potted geranium
- and a tiny flag; the Scott Post no. 129 G.A.R. performs
- Carlisle R. Cherry says, "I was told when a boy 45 years
That two Negroes were buried there, also two white people".
- How the burial plots came to be there, just how many graves
and whether or not bodies are under the pile of slag or were
removed is not know.